If I have heard it once I have heard it 1000 times! Winners Wear White. Sometimes they do as we saw on the Miss America stage. Sometimes they wear pink as we saw on the Miss USA stage. And sometimes they wear royal blue as we saw on the Miss Universe stage (beating out Miss USA who looked absolutely fabulous in her white gown I might add). So what is the truth?
At Proms Pageants and Pretty Things winners wear the color and the style that looks best on them. Unfortunately for some girls that means anything but white! White or ivory can be a very hard color to wear, especially on the stage under the bright lights. If your skin tone isn't right for it, it will wash you out and the judges will lose you in the gown. Remember it is you that is competing, not the gown so they need to see you first.
So why do we see so many girls win in white? Because somehow they have gotten into their heads that the judges will only pick a winner in white so, if a higher number of girls have white on in a pageant, of course a higher number of girls will be crowned in it. But, as someone who has judged in several systems let me assure you, no girl has ever lost the crown because she didn't have on a white gown. Conversely, no one has ever won a crown simply because she had a white gown on instead of a red one.
Does this mean you should never wear white? No, absolutely not, but please keep your mind and your options open and chose the gown color that is best for your skin tone and that you absolutely love.
Ok, so how do I do that you might ask? First, keep an open mind when shopping. At Proms Pageants and Pretty Things at the Brides House we encourage everyone to try on a bunch of different styles and colors. Often it is the one they like the least on the rack that looks the best on them. Until you try something on though you just don’t know.
Second, play with color pallets. You might find that pastels are for you, that you need to wear a color in a royal hue or that you look best in mid-tone colors.
Third, while it’s a good idea to look around sites and pintrest for possible idea’s don’t make your decision based on a picture of someone else in a gown. Keep in mind that each skin tone and body style looks different in each gown. Also, photo’s are often touched up and might not even be what the girl and gown looked like at the shoot.
Lastly, make sure you have the skin tone that you will have on pageant day. You can’t try on a white gown and know how it will look if, for example, you are going to have a spray tan. Too often we see what might be the best choice being overlooked because it didn’t look good on a girls skin tone or purchased because they thought it would with a tan. Unfortunately that’s not always the case.
If you follow these simple tips it will give you the best chance to model the gown of your dreams instead of the gown of your dreams modeling you. It will also allow you to be the best you you can be on stage.
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